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“Italian Romance on Kauai”
Review of Dondero's

Ranked #18 of 37 Restaurants in Poipu
Price range: $9 - $42
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Koloa
Cross street: Ainako
Description: Dondero’s, will satisfy your soul as well as your appetite. Combining elegant ambiance with stellar service makes this a dining favorite for those with discriminating taste. The menu features Italian classics with a fresh twist including a large selection of appetizers, homemade pastas, risotto, fresh fish and beef specialties. This delicious Italian cuisine is carefully paired with wines from all over the world. Delectable desserts and a cappuccino or port round out the repast.
Bel Air, Maryland
Level 5 Contributor
77 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Italian Romance on Kauai”
Reviewed June 2, 2014

We dined at Dondero's on our last night in Kauai. As I am married to a very Italian wife, we normally do not dined out at Italian restaurants. Dondero's exceeded our expectations - Excellent food and service with an outdoor seating area that provides a commanding view of the Hyatt grounds and the ocean. A must dine if you are staying at the Hyatt as we were.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Dwight F
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English first
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Disappointed at Dodero's...”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Perhaps it was hyped too much but the food was only average (expensive per guest and not a great meal for the money paid) and the service was poor (server worked hard but seemed they were understaffed). Disappointed at the tale suggestion having made reservations... will pass if we ever get to Hawaii again.

  • Visited May 2014
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1 Thank CherRichRingoes
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Romantic Italian on Kauai”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

After asking many people on social media "Where to celebrate a special day with my wife in Poipu?" many times, the answer came back Dondero's at the Grand Hyatt, and guess what, they were right! Thanks to OpenTable we secured a fabulous table on the terrace. This is a must to fully appreciate the surroundings. As you would imagine the menu is full of Italian favourites. Each course was presented beautifully and tasted as good as it looked. Service was excellent and the wine waiter gave very good recomendations to complement the food. A bit expensive yes, but for a special meal in spectacular surroundings, worth every dollar. Highly recommended.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank scotmunro
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Corona, California, United States
Level 4 Contributor
21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Delicious Dinner with a Romantic View”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

We didn't have reservations but that didn't stop the staff from making sure we had an amazing view for our dinner. We waited about ten minutes and were then seated on the patio where we were surrounded by tiki torches and a beautiful view of the resort and ocean. The staff was very pleasant and informative about the menu. We were recommended the carmalized cauliflower and were not dissapointed. Even my fiance who HATES veggies couldn't get enough! The food portions are huge, we couldn't finish what was on our plates though the food is so good you don't want to stop. Overall, a wonderful, romantic dinner at Donderos.

Visited May 2014
Thank Jessica I
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Good food and nice atmosphere”
Reviewed May 27, 2014

Dondero's was at our resort, the Grand Hyatt, so it was convenient and was a nice change from seafood. The crab, asparagus risotto was very nice as was my wife's sweet potato ravioli.

Visited May 2014
Thank Estaban87
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